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Myth, Mythology
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Various definitions of myth are offered, depending on whether myth is viewed as a lack of truth from the standpoint of rationality (Enlightenment) or whether it is regarded as a lost center over against an unredeemable claim of reason and scholarship. Romanticism resulted in research into mythology. Myth was first explained in terms of experienced forces of nature and misuse of language. Examination of complexes of myth made possible a reconstr…

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Elsas, Christoph, “Myth, Mythology”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 31 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_M960>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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